E. Marlitt and her Narrative Strategies
This study is the first in English to examine E. Marlitt’s complete fiction. It situates her prose against the backdrop of women’s discourse and nineteenth-century historical developments in the German Empire. It synthesizes findings of both American and German scholarship to show how her social constructs advanced a liberal political agenda while resisting the conventional view of «natural» gender roles. The book provides a context for recognizing Marlitt’s clever use of the conventionality and acceptability of the romance genre to reposition the image of middle-class women. Her emphasis on personal autonomy, educational opportunities and new fields of professional engagement for women advanced altered images of family, class and national identity. Ultimately, this study of a popular author illuminates domestic, middle-class issues that underwent significant transformations equal to the Empire’s public developments under Bismarck’s politics.
ADF (Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauenverein) see German Women’s Association
Anawim 37, 109, 244, 299, 330, 362
Anneke, Mathilde 27
Anzengruber, Ludwig 171
Aston, Louise 20, 27, 223, 229, 238
Behrens, Berthe (pseudonym Wilhelmine Heimburg) 359
Bismarck, Otto von 24, 74, 82, 175, 233
Book of Ruth 328–32
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